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  • The IBM Cloud: CEO Ginni Rometty's InterConnect 2017 Keynote Mar 21 I'm at IBM InterConnect 2017 this week and CEO Ginni Rometty is doing the second day keynote. She was a day late because she was opening IBM's 20th Cloud Data Center in China, likely the most important one for growth that they will have. What I think is fascinating about Rometty is how much she has improved in talking to large audiences over the years. She comes across as conversational and natural; she is talking to us, not at us, and her rehearsal is good enough that she clearly knows her material but does not seem bored with the material. Now, people with political experience can certainly speak to a subject but there is often that subtle problem: They fundamentally don't understand what the heck they are speaking about. The word vapid comes to mind when I hear talks like that. Rometty comes across as competent as a speaker, even one of the best, and competent with the material. Let's talk about some of the highlights.
  • Interconnect 2017: IBM and Securekey Move to Corner Financial Transaction Market Mar 20 This week, I'm at IBM Interconnect 2017 and, right off the top, they made a really interesting announcement concerning Blockchain. Typically, we connect Blockchain to Bitcoin, but the digital currency may be the least interesting part of this technology that is basically designed to provide secure private transactions. The goal of this joint effort between IBM and Securekey is to turn your smartphone into the only thing you need to complete any transaction, from buying a stick of gum to financing your home. It is a showcase for something both companies have been working on called Hyperledger, and it is tied to the recent release of version 1.0 of the Hyperledger Fabric, representing its first commercial release.
  • Interconnect 2017: IBM and Securekey Move to Corner Financial Transaction Market Mar 20 This week, I'm at IBM Interconnect 2017 and, right off the top, they made a really interesting announcement concerning Blockchain. Typically, we connect Blockchain to Bitcoin, but the digital currency may be the least interesting part of this technology that is basically designed to provide secure private transactions. The goal of this joint effort between IBM and Securekey is to turn your smartphone into the only thing you need to complete any transaction, from buying a stick of gum to financing your home. It is a showcase for something both companies have been working on called Hyperledger, and it is tied to the recent release of version 1.0 of the Hyperledger Fabric, representing its first commercial release.

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Rob’s Articles

  • IBM Power Systems Grows Up to Be Cognitive Computing techspective | Mar 24 One of the inherent problems with IBM's Power Systems Computing effort was its focus on the processor. This makes sense for companies like AMD and Intel which, at their heart, are processor companies but for IBM—a solutions company—this effectively crippled the effort. It simply was not set up to compete against firms like AMD, Intel, or Qualcomm, being designed to compete with firms like Oracle and HPE instead. In addition, when going after a market segment dominated by one company—Intel—you just can't out-resource it broadly yet that was what it looked like IBM initially was trying to do and the end result wasn't pretty.
  • Why AI should augment, not replace, humans CIO | Mar 24 Columnist Rob Enderle writes that your workforce may not yet be ready for artificial intelligence. First comes trust, education and training.
  • The 3D Printer That Could Print Your Next House or Finish Trump's Wall in Two Months TMCnet | Mar 21 One of the stories that got under covered thanks to the focus on Russian hacking was the experiment in 3D printed housing conducted in Russia by Apis Cor. It was able to deploy its large-scale truck carried printer in Russia in sub-zero weather and build a house in 24 hours by printing it in place using a cement polymer. Not only could this be used to rapidly rebuild a town devastated by a natural or manmade disaster, the resulting home could be better able to withstand high winds, heavy snows, and flooding, so it arguably would be more durable than the home it replaced. Let's talk about printed homes this week.
  • How Twitter, Indiegogo and IBM Will Augment Executives and Politicians TMCnet | Mar 20 IBM Interconnect kicked off with a talk by Chris Moody, the guy who runs Twitter, and he mentioned that IBM's enterprise artificial intelligence platform could address one of Twitter's biggest problems: trolls and griefers. Now, we normally just talk about trolls, but this is focused on going farther than just eliminating people that annoy others by forcing disputes to finding folks that remove the fun from Twitter and eliminating them as well. But I don't think they are completely thinking this through. You see, there is one other even more important use of something like Watson, and that is as an early warning that you may be about to Tweet something that will cost you your job, your marriage or even your life.

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Rob Enderle on…

Samsung's reputation with the public

"They lack a competent crisis management team, their service and support is so bad it is famous for it, and they operate in a culture of blame which drives cover-ups and not problem resolution. [The Note 7 battery problem was] the near perfect storm where all three elements worked against them."

Samsung's Reputation Hurt in Latest Harris Poll After Note7 Debacle eWeek

Cisco's revenue declines

[Cisco's results reflect its ongoing shift toward more software and cloud-based services] "These things always take longer than expected. For Cisco to be a high flyer again, they need to show more consistent top-line growth, and that is more likely once their software efforts mature and become more dominant."

Cisco Systems' sales slip, but still top Wall Street expectations San Jose Mercury News

Removing Zuckerberg from Facebook board

There is no process to forcefully remove him from board control given he has the majority of shares. They have a valid concern and a common request for those that want to see good corporate governance, but there is no indication that those requesting this have the power to compel the outcome they want.

Facebook shareholders would have uphill climb ousting Zuckerberg from board Computerworld

Facebook

"For the most part, Facebook is the social media platform to beat. It owns the space it occupies and they were able to hold off Google, a far more powerful company, nicely."

What's Next for Facebook Stock? U.S. News & World Report

Snap filing for a $3 billion IPO and what investors are valuing it at

"Twenty-five billion dollars is just nuts, but that's the market we're in. This could provide an opportunity for the big gambler investors, but better to watch for the high and then short the stock," [because Snap's prospectus] "suggests profit will never arrive."

Snap Seizes the Moment E-Commerce Times

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After leaving Intel, Mary consulted with top tier companies on branding and web design including Dolby Laboratories, Gateway Computers, Advanced Micro Devices, Intel and Kodak Gallery.

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